Michigan rivalry tailgate recipes

Rivalry tailgate recipesWhether you cheer for the Spartans or the Wolverines, all Michigan football fans enjoy a good tailgate. Instead of the traditional burgers and nachos, we have some delicious dishes to support both a healthy diet and your favorite Michigan college football teams.

October is all about cancer prevention. The below recipes are jam-packed with cancer-fighting foods and full of flavor!

Go Green!

Known to fight ovarian, breast and lung cancers, green vegetables including kale, broccoli and cabbage make for excellent foods to sneak into traditional recipes. This salsa-inspired Black Bean Guacamole Dip with baked lentil chips recipe is perfect to bring along to your next tailgate.


Black Bean Guacamole Dip

Black bean guacamole dipIngredients

  • 2 jalapenos (seeded for less heat, if desired), finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ medium white onion, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 can (15 ½-ounce) black beans, rinsed
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. In a large bowl, combine the jalapenos, garlic, onion, salt and pepper.
  2. Add the beans, scallions, lime juice and oil. Toss to combine. Fold in the avocado and cilantro.
  3. Serve with baked lentil chips and enjoy!

Additional green and white recipes you should try include:

Nutritional Information (Makes 6 servings)

Per serving: 133 calories; 6g total fat; 333mg sodium; 16g carbohydrates; 7g fiber; 5g protein


Go Blue!

Maize foods like lemons, tangerines and papaya are rich in vitamin C, which protect against most cancers, specifically stomach, throat, mouth and colon cancers. Blue and purple foods are commonly linked to lowering your risk of heart disease, as well as preventing certain cancers. Combined, they make a great cancer-fighting combo. For those early games, add this blue and maize-inspired Lemon Blueberry Muffins recipe to your tailgate.


Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Lemon Blueberry MuffinsIngredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 ¼ cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground nutmeg in a medium bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Combine buttermilk, egg and lemon rind in a separate bowl. Add to flour mixture and stir until moist. Add blueberries.
  4. Spray muffin tin paper with cooking spray before scooping the batter in. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the muffins spring back when lightly touched.
  5. Remove muffins from pans immediately and place on wire rack to cool.
  6. For the glaze, combine lemon juice and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle evenly over cooled muffins.

Additional maize and blue recipes for you to add include:


Go Neutral

Not looking to pick sides? This delicious White Bean and Turkey Chili recipe can easily be cooked the evening before and heated up before heading out to any tailgate.

White Bean and Turkey ChiliIngredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups diced yellow onion (about 2 medium)
  • 1 ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  • 1 (15.8-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • ½ cup diced seeded plum tomato
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 lime wedges (optional)


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté 10 minutes or until tender and golden. Add chili powder, garlic and cumin and sauté for 2 minutes. Add oregano and beans; cook for 30 seconds. Add broth and bring it to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes.
  2. Place 2 cups of bean mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return pureed mixture to pan. Add turkey, and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add diced tomato, chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper, stirring well.

To get all of the ingredients needed to make your tailgate scream “Go Blue!” or “Go Green!”, visit Healthy Blue Xtras for discounts on grocery stores and markets across the state. Plus, you can get all of your Healthy Blue Xtras discounts on the new Larky app, so planning out your tailgate meals is easy on-the-go.


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